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Kid President gives Pen Ward the first Medal of Awesome! Ward is the creator of Adventure Time! (Previously &)
posted by dobbs (51 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
Really, the only legitimate reason for having kids these days is an as an excuse to get all into Adventure Time.
posted by The Whelk at 8:26 AM on July 30, 2012 [7 favorites]


This kid is awesome. I just wish there were some "about Kid President" info somewhere, so I could brush off the nagging feeling that in a month or so we'll get a big reveal that he's an astroturfed front for some large media corporation.
posted by Alt F4 at 8:27 AM on July 30, 2012


Adventure time kinda makes me want to be a parent: A very stoned parent.
posted by dortmunder at 8:35 AM on July 30, 2012


The Whelk: "Really, the only legitimate reason for having kids these days is an as an excuse to get all into Adventure Time."

When I discovered AT, I had to be veeeeery careful about introducing it to my daughter. I knew if I put on too hard a sell she'd be turned off because it was a "Dad thing". Luckily she is awesome and she now loves it as much as I do, and we geek out together when we make Tree Trunks references and see the new Finn and Jake toys at Target.

Also, can we now talk about Adventure Time? Did everyone see the recent "Sons of Mars" episode? If not, spoilers below:

First of all, I love the Magic Man and what a dick he is. Turned all the water to hair. There were some really juicy details about the world of Ooo in this ep. You could see a giant chunk taken out of the Earth as Finn rocketed to Mars, and one of the facets of the Martian character was called Glob, which is a pseudo-curse word Finn and Jake use all the time. Was the Mushroom War fought between the Earth and Mars?

End Spoilers
posted by Rock Steady at 8:37 AM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Did they run into Abe Lincoln on Mars again?
posted by Nomyte at 8:39 AM on July 30, 2012


That was the episode with the King of Mars. Was there an earlier appearance?
posted by Rock Steady at 8:44 AM on July 30, 2012


"Really, the only legitimate reason for having kids these days is an as an excuse to get all into Adventure Time."

I don't need a kid to legitimate my love for Adventure Time, it's my favorite thing on TV and I'm a 33yo guy. I can't really remember enjoying any show that much.

And yes, Sons of Mars was such a great episode

Was there an earlier appearance?

Yes, in the pilot I believe...
posted by ts;dr at 8:45 AM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, Abe is in the pilot.
posted by dobbs at 8:46 AM on July 30, 2012


"Don't be in a party, be a party" is the best advice I have heard for making our democracy functioning again.

Thank you, Kid President.
posted by munchingzombie at 8:48 AM on July 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


dobbs: "Yeah, Abe is in the pilot."

Ooh, I'll have to check that out. I have the first season on iTunes, but it starts with "Slumber Party Panic/Trouble in Lumpy Space". Is the pilot different?
posted by Rock Steady at 8:50 AM on July 30, 2012


“Glob” isn’t a curse word, Grob Gob Glob Grod is one of the major deities on Adventure Time; the other two being Abe Lincoln and the Cosmic Owl. Glob’s name is used an expletive sometimes.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 8:52 AM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


I believe it is. It was what was the subject of the first previously but it looks like it's been taken down. Here it is.
posted by dobbs at 8:53 AM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


C'mon! Bring your friends!
posted by snuffleupagus at 8:55 AM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


dobbs: "I believe it is. It was what was the subject of the first previously but it looks like it's been taken down. Here it is."

That is great and I have not seen it before! Thanks.

1970s Antihero: "Glob’s name is used an expletive sometimes."

Yeah, I guess that is more what I meant, like we say, "Oh my God!" or whatever.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:58 AM on July 30, 2012


Cool beard, where'd you get it?
posted by uncleozzy at 9:01 AM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Adventure Time is awesome. I'll be voting to re-elect Kid President until he is no longer a kid.
posted by orme at 9:28 AM on July 30, 2012


I sometimes wonder if The Mighty B would have been a hit on Cartoon Network - tight, funny writing with quirky stories and awesome characters, over-the-top art and animation style reminiscent of the best that Kricfalusi had to offer.

Nickelodeon's too conservative, and has been for more than a decade, so when something genuinely new and fun pops up, it's quickly stifled.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:44 AM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


I really love the people cracking up in the background around a minute in.

And I mostly like Magic Man for spelling "EAT IT" across the sky in fireworks.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 10:12 AM on July 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


I have the first season on iTunes, but it starts with "Slumber Party Panic/Trouble in Lumpy Space". Is the pilot different?

Yeah lots of differences in the pilot. Finn's name is Pen, for one thing, and he doesn't have the tree house. More info here.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:41 AM on July 30, 2012


God, I love Adventure Time. It's easily my favorite currently running show and one of my favorite TV shows of all time.

And I don't have kids.

I would love to see what the writers and artists could do without the constraints of "children's show for a major TV network." There are so many bits and pieces in the show and comic indicating a more mature work waiting to happen. And the music! Oh, the music!
posted by byanyothername at 10:56 AM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


<3 Marceline.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:07 AM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


And the music! Oh, the music!

The impromptu rock band they form in the episode with the Door Lord is my favorite band of all time. The complicated relationship between PB and Marcelline is so deftly drawn, and the way it slides right over the surface of the show without being commented on or even noticed by Finn is such a perfect encapsulation of the cluelessness of being an twelve-year-old boy that it makes me ache with empathy. I'm looking forward to the "love triangle" being set up between the Flame Princess, PB and Finn.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:18 AM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


+1 Algebraic
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 11:56 AM on July 30, 2012


Two things:
1. If you're a fan of the show, you should really check out Adventure Time comics . They really capture the spirit of the show, and there's always a second story by a guest artist like Aaron Renier. Make sure to read the footnotes!
2. Someone should make a list of cartoons that parents try to get their kids into. Before Adventure Time, it was Phineas and Ferb, and there's been Ren & Stimpy and Animaniacs and of course classic Looney Tunes. And Rocky and Bullwinkle.
posted by cottoncandybeard at 12:00 PM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


Someone should make a list of cartoons that parents try to get their kids into.

Don't forget Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. I tried so hard with Yo Gabba Gabba! In fairness to me, she really was a bit too old for it by the time it came out.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:14 PM on July 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


Is this where I can state, without hyperbole, that Princess Cookie is the greatest animated anything ever?
posted by zinc saucier at 12:32 PM on July 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


I glubbed up!
posted by Rock Steady at 12:46 PM on July 30, 2012


Adventure Time - Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy - Kick Buttowski has been more entertaining than it deserved to be - Invader Zim - Flapjack - Avatar - Rocko's Modern Life - Batman: TAS, Batman: TB&TB - Dexter's Lab - Powerpuff Girls - Tower12 Tom & Jerry - Krickfalusi Mighty Mouse - Ghostbusters - oh, man, my kid's going to be into iCarly and gameshows instead of this stuff, isn't she?
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:59 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


(Regular Show, not Adventure Time, our love of AT has already been well covered.)
posted by Slap*Happy at 1:00 PM on July 30, 2012


oh, man, my kid's going to be into iCarly and gameshows instead of this stuff, isn't she?

iCarly is actually not bad. Spencer's physical/zany comedy is Kramer-esque. The Disney "comedies" are pretty atrocious, though. If Zack and/or Cody begin to rear their heads in your home, you are better off just cancelling cable.
posted by Rock Steady at 1:03 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


oh, man, my kid's going to be into iCarly and gameshows instead of this stuff, isn't she?

Maybe not. Disney, after all, has the second best kid's-show-that-adults-can-watch on right now -- Phineas and Ferb.
posted by dw at 1:31 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


The best cartoon on the Disney Channel is Fish Hooks, and I will brook no argument to the contrary.
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:34 PM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have the "Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated" jingle as the notification tone on my phone - and the Aquabats' "The Cat with Two Heads" horn solo as my ringtone...

...I haven't actually grown up, have I?
posted by Slap*Happy at 1:49 PM on July 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


The impromptu rock band they form in the episode with the Door Lord is my favorite band of all time. The complicated relationship between PB and Marcelline is so deftly drawn, and the way it slides right over the surface of the show without being commented on or even noticed by Finn is such a perfect encapsulation of the cluelessness of being an twelve-year-old boy that it makes me ache with empathy. I'm looking forward to the "love triangle" being set up between the Flame Princess, PB and Finn.
Yes! To all of this! This is exactly what I love about the show. It's enjoyable to kids on a surface level, but there's always all this deeper stuff underneath that adults can appreciate. People growing up on it now will be able to go back and see more in something they loved as children, as adults. And that's always a wonderful thing.

---> <3 Marceline.

This is also completely factual.
posted by byanyothername at 2:38 PM on July 30, 2012


I floop the pig.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 2:50 PM on July 30, 2012 [4 favorites]


prize bull octorok: Two words.

Gravity Falls.

posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 3:00 PM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


(two more: inexplicable bolding)
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 3:01 PM on July 30, 2012


And the music! Oh, the music!

Oh, Marceline!
Why are you so mean?

(I'm not mean, I'm a thousand years old,
And I just lost track of my moral code.)
posted by Myca at 3:15 PM on July 30, 2012 [4 favorites]


Guys, put your hams away. I'm not gonna spank your hams!
posted by bakerina at 4:51 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


39 comments in a thread about adults watching kids' cartoons and no one has mentioned PONY. Tsk tsk tsk.

I would put Adventure Time up as its equal, though they work in different ways.
posted by JHarris at 8:12 PM on July 30, 2012


I would love to see what the writers and artists could do without the constraints of "children's show for a major TV network."

You're welcome.

Also, seconding Gravity Falls as a wonderful companion piece to Adventure Time on now. Not nearly as good as Adventure Time, but only because nothing is.
posted by cthuljew at 10:14 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


39 comments in a thread about adults watching kids' cartoons and no one has mentioned PONY.

Pony is rapidly playing out, especially now that Lauren Faust has moved onto other things... and let's be frank, the Rule-34ism surrounding a funny-animal show aimed at little girls is completely out of hand. I don't think Faust had rampant, lewd objectification in mind when trying to do quality TV for girls. Some was inevitable, but when anatomically-correct plush toys start selling like hotcakes on ebay, there's something completely out of control, and it's unlikely to ever return to normal.

This is where I think Super Best Friends is the right next step - it reclaims the characters from Rule 34 by using established costumes on ordinary, rather than idealized, body types. It's pretty genius.
posted by Slap*Happy at 4:53 AM on July 31, 2012


I like Adventure Time and so do my kids. But I have to be pretty careful which ones I let the little ones watch. A lot of that stuff is seriously disturbing.
posted by DU at 6:13 AM on July 31, 2012


This is not a PONY thread, but:

Slap*Happy, there are those elements in the fandom, but I think it's only because it's hit a certain size where the background radiation has become noticable. And there are certain media figures who are making hay of it, particularly Howard Stern, who seems almost offended by bronies.

The core brony community seems more amused by the Lyra plushie with the hole in back than aroused by it. (Example one - Example two - Know Your Meme report)
posted by JHarris at 7:07 AM on July 31, 2012


The core brony community seems more amused by the Lyra plushie with the hole in back

Kinda the point. The proper emotion should have been outrage and disgust. The creepy fringe has been encouraged and accepted, and even if it's "4 teh LULZ", that's not a good place for a show like MLP to be.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:24 AM on July 31, 2012


cthuljew: "I would love to see what the writers and artists could do without the constraints of "children's show for a major TV network."

You're welcome.
"

Oh my Glob. Of course the guy behind Forming is an artist on Adventure Time. Of course. I had no idea, as I hadn't followed it for a while, and I guess I wasn't yet up on Adventure Time back then or something? "Sons of Mars" is basically Forming For Kids. Thanks for that link, cthuljew.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:32 AM on July 31, 2012


Eh, it's the internet. People reacting in disgust is simply less memeable, and thus less visible, than people mocking it.

I'd make an effort to end the derail by linking to some Rule 34 Adventure Time stuff, but NO.
posted by JHarris at 7:53 AM on July 31, 2012


I had no idea, as I hadn't followed it for a while

ONE MILLION YEARS DUNGEON!
posted by curious nu at 11:56 AM on July 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Also, the Ryan North who is writing the Adventure Time comics? He's THAT Ryan North.
posted by cthuljew at 3:54 PM on July 31, 2012


cthuljew: "Also, the Ryan North who is writing the Adventure Time comics? He's THAT Ryan North."

Oh. Well, that's awesome. From here on out, I'm going to just assume that anyone whose work I admire is somehow connected to Adventure Time. Seems simpler that way.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:09 AM on August 1, 2012


Publisher's Weekly had an article a while back about all the comics people involved with Adventure Time & The Regular Show (I guess Problem Solverz is no more, though).

I love Adventure Time -- both the show and the comic (and Marceline and the Scream Queens comic miniseries is awesome, too, so far) and I'm delighted by its success.

I don't feel the need to justify my interests to anyone, really, but there's still something kind of lonely getting excited by various obscure comic artists and not really being able to share that with the greater world. But now, I can say things like "Yeah, did you see that episode of Adventure Time the other week? Artist Jesse Moynihan worked on that!" and then point them to the comic, which is just full of awesomeness. I love that Pen Ward knew where to look for people to work on his show and I'm glad Cartoon Network basically seems to let him do what he wants.

(How does Kid President not have a TV show yet, though?)
posted by darksong at 6:43 AM on August 3, 2012


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